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Noynoy prepares to form government

Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy”Aquino III is forming a search committee to study the background of everyone applying to serve under his administration.

Aquino said Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, social welfare secretary under the Arroyo administration, has agreed to return to the same Cabinet position.

Aquino said Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro Jr., who has conceded defeat, can also join his Cabinet as defense secretary, although questions of nepotism could crop up. Teodoro has said he is not interested in a government position.

via Philippine Star.

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‘President-apparent’ hopes for peaceful transfer of power

MANILA, Philippines – After historic elections that saw 40 million Filipinos casting their votes in the country’s first-ever automated polls, president-apparent and Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is hoping for a peaceful and orderly transfer of power – something he says his late mother Corazon did not enjoy.

Aquino is leading the nine-cornered race with 40.19 percent of votes tabulated, with closest rival former President Joseph Estrada getting 25.46 percent of the votes. Four of Aquino’s rivals have conceded the presidency to him. Aquino, however, refused to describe how victory felt as of yesterday afternoon, saying, “I still will await the completion of the process.”

Asked what he can promise the country’s poor, who constitute the majority of Filipinos, the man poised to be the country’s 15th president said simply, “Opportunity.”

Via Phil. Star

AND: GMA wins, vows smooth transition

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Ganito kami sa Makati…

Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010


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Squatters living at P. Binay cor. Guatemala Sts., Makati City

Ganito ang mga Binay sa Batangas (Click to enlarge):

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Editorials and opinions from today’s papers

Posted by akosistella on April 30, 2010


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Analysis: A landslide in the making
By Amando Doronila

BARELY 10 DAYS BEFORE THE MAY 10 ELECtion, most signs point to a smashing victory for Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III in the presidential race.

Surveys by reputable polling organizations indicate that a landslide is building up behind Aquino as his campaign has gained momentum over the past three weeks. The issue that currently engages informed political observers in Manila is not that Aquino’s main rival, Sen. Manuel Villar, is battling huge odds to overhaul Aquino’s lead in the surveys with only a week to go before the election, but the size of a possible Aquino landslide. Time is not on Villar’s side in his almost desperate effort to erase Aquino’s lead.

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Power of a trusted brand
Vector — By Sonny Coloma

If you feel beleaguered and besieged in the heat of battle, would you call in your octogenarian mother to pitch for you? Presidential aspirants Joseph Ejercito Estrada and Richard Gordon assailed fellow candidate Manuel Villar earlier this week after the latter’s mother called a press conference at her home. Even Senator Villar’s sisters got into the act. They said that they should not be questioned on why even their mother got involved in a turbulent political campaign. After all, isn’t Noynoy Aquino continually invoking his parents’ legacy?

The Villars, especially the presidential candidate himself, are missing the point. It’s not about parents and children. It’s about the power of a dominant political brand.

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A question of fairness
Calling A Spade… — By Solita Collas-Monsod

I have been accused by Mrs. Gloria V. Benedicto, the sister of presidential candidate Manuel Villar, of being “unfair” to her brother. As far as I am concerned, this is a very serious charge, because one of the tenets that govern my behavior and my pursuits is fairness and justice — dinned into my head by my parents, in the same way that my husband and I have dinned it into our children’s heads. Unfortunately, however, Mrs. Benedicto’s was a blanket accusation, and she gave no details, so I have no recourse but to examine, as it were, my conscience, insofar as my treatment of her brother is concerned.

Click Solita Collas Monsod

Phil. Star Editorial: Waiting for a court ruling

Almost every day, Armed Forces chief Delfin Bangit tries to reassure the public that the military, working together with the Philippine National Police, is committed to HOPE, or honest, orderly and peaceful elections. Bangit has yet to shake off perceptions that he is the favorite soldier of the commander-in-chief, who might attempt a make-or-break maneuver to hold on to power beyond noon of June 30.

Via Phil. Star

Will JBC nominate de Castro, Corona?
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc

Worse off is Justice Renato Corona, said to be President Arroyo’s top choice for CJ. He has been criticized for letting Arroyo appoint his wife again and again to head a Malacañang-supervised government firm. Also, for accepting gifts from the President. His “unethical acts” allegedly undermined the judiciary’s independence from the executive. Pages 201-202 of Marites Vitug’s bestselling Shadow of Doubt narrates:

“Among Justices, when he is relaxed, Corona can be quite open. He once told some of his colleagues that President Arroyo took care of his hospital bill when he underwent an operation to ease his bad back. He was already on the Court then.

Via Phil. Star

The witching hour by LITO BANAYO

TEN days from now, voters will troop to their clustered precincts to elect the men and women who for better or for worse will run the affairs of state for the next six or three years.The vote is most crucial. It will determine whether we can make this democracy work. It will determine whether we will have more of the same and worse. Or whether the public has decided to cast their lot with those they can trust to bring about meaningful change.

via LITO BANAYO.

Heated exchange
Fence Sitter — By A. R. Samson

To be newsworthy, a verbal exchange needs to involve at least two well-known personalities, currently in the news. A tiff between angry motorists hardly rates a mention in the news, unless one of them is shot dead. Feuds between movie celebrities are too routine and sometimes (make that often) faked to promote a movie or new TV program.

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The poor and the hungry
At Large By Rina Jimenez-David

WHEN I WATCH NEWSCASTS AIRED ON US TV networks, I am often astounded when a family, described as “miserably poor,” is interviewed in their home with an upholstered sofa, a TV set and even a carpet. I can’t help but wonder how the same TV reporters would describe Filipino families in urban poor communities, who reside in dark and crowded shanties with only a bench for furniture, or in poor rural areas where tin-shack homes boast of a dirt floor and where members congregate around a low papag, which serves as dining table, study desk and bed.

Click Rina Jimenez-David

Daily Tribune Editorial: Yellow politics of coercion

Presidential aspirant Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino seems single-minded about being the next president of the land and he will not accept anything otherwise.

The problem with such an attitude, if Noynoy really believes what he is saying, is that it brings Filipinos potentially on the road to a more chaotic administration than the nine years of Gloria.

Click Daily Tribune

No count but more trouble from yellows
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Truth is, the call came a bit too late for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to approve the idea of a parallel manual count.

Still, it must also be stated that the Comelec has hardly come clean with the people via the Congress, and has in fact, reneged on its pledges to the congressional oversight committee to prepare for manual polls and count, in the event of a failure of automated polls.

Click Ninez Cacho-Olivares

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Estrada on improved survey ratings: I told you so

Posted by akosistella on April 30, 2010


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Spokeswoman Margaux Salcedo said Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino will spend the remaining days of the campaign showing that the LP’s promise of change is empty without an experienced executive like her boss, who was ousted from power in 2001, convicted of plunder afterwards and subsequently pardoned by President Macapagal-Arroyo.

“As I told you, I will give them the surprise of their lives,” Estrada said in a telephone interview, recalling previous interviews in which he said he expected to peak in the surveys in the run-up to the elections and win come May 10.

Estrada answered in the affirmative when asked if the game was now between him and Liberal Party presidential candidate Sen. Benigno Aquino III, the consistent survey leader.

Via Inquirer.net

ANALYSIS:

Villar loses support among poor – survey

“Were not really surprised that President Estradas ratings rose. We stuck to our strategy of going directly to the people, and they have realized that Estrada is the real leader of the poor,” said PMP spokesperson Ralph Calinisan.“I think people are starting to realize…that Estrada is the real ally of the masses…. We’re winning back the D and E votes, which are really the Estrada votes,” said Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco, PMP spokesman in Metro Manila.

Aquino stays on top with 39 points. It’s 1-percentage point less than the combined numbers of Villar and Estrada, who are tied at 20 points.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

ALSO READ: Gordon not surprised by 2 percent rating in surveys

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In Philippines, pre-vote largess doesn’t translate into post-vote progress

Posted by akosistella on April 29, 2010


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MANILA — It’s election season in the Philippines, and the short-term forecast is for manna from heaven.

For voters who live in Baseco, a slum built on garbage beside Manila Bay, it’s hard to keep track of all the incoming goodies. Roads have been paved. Playgrounds have been built. A maternity clinic is under construction. One candidate bankrolled a beauty contest. Another sent in doctors bearing free antibiotics. Demolition of squatters’ huts has been halted. Free food is expected on May 10, election day.

“It is like a fiesta,” said Ray Campanera, senior councilor in the local government here. “Life is a little bit happier.”

via Washington Post.

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Binay charged with illegal dismissal of 138 workers

Posted by akosistella on April 26, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay and City Administrator Marjorie de Veyra were charged before Office of the Ombudsman for the dismissal of 138 casual employees of the city government.

Lawyer Andrei Bon Tagum, who represents the workers, said a legal precedent of the complaint is that those who have worked for more than six months are considered regular employees.

In their complaint, the employees of the Makati Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC) and the Makati Action Center (MAC) said they were dismissed from their jobs because of their perceived loyalty to Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado, who is running for mayor against Binay’s son, Councilor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.

via Philippine Star .


(GANITO TALAGA SA MAKATI. A friend took this photo of a squatters area in Makati City the day after ABS-CBN/ANC’s Halalan 2010 VP Debate, where Makati City Mayor and UNIDO vice presidential candidate Jejomar Binay claimed there were no squatters in his city. This is located along Guatemala St. in Brgy. San Isidro near Cash and Carry. My friend says “the street is no longer passable because people live on the streets. This scene is repeated on many streets in the richest city in the country. Ganyan sila Binay sa Makati!” Well as Binay’s ad goes: “Ke Binay gaganda ang buhay!”)

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BIR seeks overturn of Makati tax ruling

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Internal Revenue plans to file a motion for reconsideration before the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) regarding the court’s decision to issue a temporary restraining order that prevents the BIR from garnishing the real properties of the Makati City government.

Tan-Torres said his office has been informed that the CTA issued the order last week. “The CTA has issued a restraining order barring us from garnishing the real properties, movable equipment and vehicles, bank accounts of Makati City. We have to abide by that order…but we will file a motion for reconsideration,” he said.

The CTA acted on a motion filed by the Makati government following the BIR’s April 8 decision to slap a lien on the city government’s properties following the failure of the Makati government to settle its taxes.

via Phil. Star

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Credibility versus competence

Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010


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DISPATCHES FROM THE ENCHANTED KINGDOM
By Manuel Buencamino

Someone who calls himself “thecusponline” captured the essence of the “battle of the frames” between Aquino and Villar. His concise analysis posted on Manuel Quezon III’s blog (www.Quezon.ph) is worth quoting in full:

“I think early on, the name of the game was defining a narrative for the campaign. Aquino and Villar were both playing to their strengths. Aquino had the legacy of honest government on his side and thus employed a good-versus-evil narrative, while Villar had a record of leading both Houses of Congress and his life story to sell.

“The middle part of the campaign was all about bridging two gaps. There was the competency gap for Aquino, and the credibility gap for Villar. Taken on his own merits, Aquino seemed like a weak candidate, but given the strategy he took in selectively choosing the more reform-minded defectors rather than the transactional ones [who went to Villar], he has been able to build a balanced yet formidable team, while Villar simply tried to evade questions regarding his claims.

Click Manuel Buencamino.

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Self-rated poverty at record low

Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010


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… but hunger incidence still near all-time peak

THE NUMBER OF FILIPINO FAMILIES who feel poor has fallen to a level last seen 23 years ago but hunger remains near the record high, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said, tracing the dichotomy to significant belt-tightening.

“The reason why self-rated poverty is relatively low and at the same time hunger is relatively high is because living standards have dropped so low that many families do not rate themselves as poor even if they suffered from hunger recently,” the SWS said in a report on its March 19-22 poll, the results of which were made exclusive to BusinessWorld.

The survey found 43% or an estimated 8.1 million families rating themselves as mahirap, matching the record low set in March 1987. At the same time, 21.2% or some four million households said they experienced having nothing to eat in the last three months, down from December 2009’s record of 24%.

The hunger figure, said SWS, “is still far above the 1998-2010 average of 13.4%.”

via BusinessWorld Online.

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EDITORIALS

Posted by akosistella on April 17, 2010


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Phil. Star: Voter vigilance

A high 71 percent of registered voters expect vote-buying to occur in their respective localities in the May elections, according to a recent survey by the Social Weather Stations. The survey taken from March 19 to 22 among 2,100 registered voters picked at random nationwide also showed that among possible election irregularities, cheating in the counting was expected by 51 percent of the respondents, flying voters by 48 percent, voter harassment by 45 percent, and violence by 37 percent.

via Philippine Star.

Inquirer: Legacy of poverty

EARLY THIS YEAR, THE ARROYO administration launched an extravagant advertising campaign to trumpet its “legacy” to the nation. But if those ads were meant to shore up President Macapagal-Arroyo’s popularity or boost the chances of her presidential candidate, they didn’t work. Four months later, Gilbert Teodoro is still languishing in fourth place, with a mere 7 percent of voters saying they would vote for him, according to the latest survey. Ms Arroyo has not fared any better, with her net approval rating plunging to a negative 53 percent, the lowest rating of any president since the Social Weather Stations started measuring public approval for the highest official of the land. To ordinary Filipinos, the extravagant claims made in those ads simply clashed with the realities of their everyday lives: joblessness, poverty and hunger.

Inquirer

Manila Times: Good anti-turncoatism law needed


Defections from the ruling Lakas-Kampi CMD party suddenly highlight the need for a good anti-turncoatism law. Several versions of such a law have been gathering dust in both houses of Congress. Senators Edgardo J. Angara and Richard Gordon enthusiastically worked for the passage of the bills pending in the Senate Committee on the Revision of Laws. We now see what a great pity it is that their advocacy was not shared by more congressional and civil society leaders.

Click Manila Times

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The Editorials and Opinion pieces (04/10/10)

Posted by akosistella on April 11, 2010


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PHIL. STAR EDITORIAL: Fixed terms

Not content with rewarding her supporters with appointments to positions with fixed terms, even where there is no vacancy, President Arroyo has gone one step further: she has created fixed terms in executive positions, lasting throughout the incumbency of her successor.

In Executive Order 868 dated March 8, two days before the start of the election ban on midnight appointments, the President gave all members of the Board of Pardons and Parole a fixed term of six years, ostensibly to give the criminal justice system a boost.

via Philippine Star.

INQUIRER EDITORIAL: Moving backwards

We saw how the debates, for example, could have had a tremendous impact on the vice presidential contest and, probably, on the political fortunes of the leading contenders. While advertising has its role to play in any free electoral contest, over-reliance by both candidates and the voters on them, is unhealthy. The purpose of the debates is to help the voters “see” candidates up close and personal, relatively unfiltered because they are subject to being challenged “on the spot,” so to speak.

As our political parties have shriveled up, as our electorate has grown exponentially, as modern advertising methods have honed selling both soap and candidates into a science, and as civic consciousness decays and is replaced with the cult of the celebrity, the tendency for campaigns to be won or lost on the basis of superficiality and even outright deceit increases. That is why 2007 seemed to be such a watershed year.

Click Inquirer

It’s Kumpareng Manny Villar who should submit a psychiatric report
AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR
By Wiiliam M. Esposo


It is doubted if the “surprise” visit of Madame Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) to the Lakas Kampi CMD Executive Committee meeting last Tuesday and her reported order for the party to go all out for Gilbert Teodoro swayed those who are already convinced that Manny Villar is indeed the secret candidate of GMA. To “Mike Villarroyo” believers, the GMA action was intended to protect her secret candidate.

How did the Villar camp attempt to deflect this “Mike Villarroyo” issue? They claimed that it is actually an Aquino-Arroyo alliance as supposedly proved by the number of Noynoy Aquino’s relatives — two Aquino aunts and an uncle — working for GMA.

Click William Esposo

ERAP: KING OR KINGMAKER?
Babe’s Eye View
By Babe Romualdez

No matter who may win in the elections, he will definitely be a minority president — which means a larger percentage of Filipinos did not vote for him and most likely will not be supportive. And this is where Joseph Estrada’s role becomes crucial — as recognized by the NP and LP camps that both tried to lure Estrada to join their respective parties. But while Villar’s camp said they will welcome the former president with open arms and with no preconditions whatsoever, the loose coalition around Noynoy composed of NGOs, Makati businessmen and civil society groups say they don’t need Erap to win — and if at all, he has to pass certain conditions before he can join them.

One thing is certain today: Estrada has proven himself, and if he decides to become kingmaker, his declaration of support for either Villar or Aquino would end the election. As they say in Tagalog, “ayos na ang buto-buto” — or more accurately, “tapos na ang boto-boto.”

Click Babe Romualdez

PARTY LIST, QUO VADIS?
With Due Respect
By Artemio V. Panganiban

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections has been reckless in accrediting party-list candidates and their nominees. A few days ago, the Supreme Court reversed Comelec’s flimsy decision disqualifying Ang Ladlad. Now, it is inviting more public disenchantment by disqualifying the Disabled Pinoy Party, yet allowing Rep. Mikey Arroyo to be the first nominee of a party list of security guards and former Secretary Angelo Reyes to represent a party list of bus and jeepney drivers.

Only for the marginalized. Comelec’s job is simple: just follow existing jurisprudence. In Ang Bagong Bayani vs Comelec (June 26, 2001 and June 25, 2003), which I had the honor of writing, the high court clearly ruled that the party-list system was reserved only for those “(1) who belong to the marginalized and underrepresented sectors, organizations and parties; and (2) who lack well-defined constituencies but (3) who could contribute to the formulation and enactment of appropriate legislation that will benefit the nation as a whole.”

CLick Artemio V. Panganiban

LP ILLOGIC
Frontline By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Perhaps one of the most stupid campaign spiels ever made is that of the Liberal Party (LP) and the Noynoy-Mar tandem. It is the spiel claiming that Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap, or when there is no corruption, there is no poverty.

That is pretty stupid because there is no government in this world — especially in the Third World countries — where corruption is inexistent. Yet poverty, especially in many First World countries has been virtually eliminated but corruption remains.

Click Ninez Cacho Olivares

VOLUNTEERS VS MONEY AND POWER
Glimpses
By Jose Ma. Montelibano

ONE MONTH to go before Election Day and volunteers are still winning the war against money and traditional politics. The latest surveys by the most reputable pollsters all point to two trends – Noynoy holding firm and slowly improving to 37-40% and Villar steadily weakening from 35% to 25%. There are still four weeks but trends do not develop or break quickly.

It is unfortunate that the campaign has been marked by ugly attempts to mislead voters. Perhaps, partisanship naturally clouds objectivity and ends up blinding those who never had a consistent capacity for objectivity. Following almost fanatical attitudes that smeared the Obama-McCain presidential contest, Filipinos are being exposed to similar wild claims and wild rantings. In our political context, however, it is not just partisanship that causes dirty tricks but guns-for-hire as well.

Click Jose Ma. Montelibano

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Shorts

Posted by akosistella on April 9, 2010


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By LITO BANAYO

My son-in-law thought Money Villarroyo’s new ad, featuring the “reversible scroll” where a woman reads a lament, followed by Villarroyo’s positive spin of the same lamentations, was “great.” When we were on the road for the Holy Week holidays, he asked if I had seen it on TV, and I hadn’t. Two days later, the internet was inundated with mail describing how the reversible scroll, which won a Cannes award for political advertising in 2006, was “plagiarized” by Villar’s “creative artists” from the ad of presidential candidate Ricardo Lopez Murphy in Argentina.

“Peke talaga”, the Erap camp chimed in, describing the Villarroyo ad as a “cheap rip-off of the original”. But the punchline, which is where Erap is the unbeatable communications expert, is this: “Infringed ads produce replicated results…Senator Villar will come in third in the May 10 elections, a fate similar to Lopez Murphy.” Ouch!

Now this is certainly the “creative artists” original sin. If Villarroyo could not fault them for the ad where he ascribed his brother Danny’s unfortunate death to their family’s inability to pay, because that yarn must have come only from the candidate himself, this “scroll” plagiarism is certainly theirs. Surely the candidate was never informed that it was a poor case of “gaya-gaya”. Because likely, Villarroyo would have asked, “nanalo ba si Lopez Murphy sa Argentina?”

Click LITO BANAYO.

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The realistic options of the last 31 days of campaigning

Posted by akosistella on April 8, 2010


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AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR
By William M. Esposo

Today marks the last 31 days of campaigning for national and local positions in the May 10, 2010 elections. At the end of May 8, all candidates will have to stop campaigning or face disqualification.

In the most coveted electoral contest — the presidency — the realistic options have narrowed. For those who are currently ranked fourth place and lower in the credible polls — their chances of winning have moved from improbable to almost impossible. It has never happened in Philippine presidential elections that a presidential candidate rallied and won from a single digit rating with only a month of campaigning left.

Not even a national well-oiled party machinery can do the job now for those ranked lower than fourth place. Theoretically, Lakas Kampi CMD’s Gilbert Teodoro has the edge in party machinery but it is now doubted how many members of his party are still supporting him.

Click William M. Esposo.

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Campaign season reveals the worse in us

Posted by akosistella on April 7, 2010


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DEMAND AND SUPPLY
By Boo Chanco

I am actually disappointed that the Noynoy campaign and Noynoy himself have been hammering Manny Villar on Villar’s poverty claim. It was probably alright to point out that Villar may have taken some liberties in his commercials about how poor he was. It was probably an exaggeration to claim that he swam in a sea of garbage. Blame his advertising agency for abusing creative license and producing a commercial that would not pass standard screening for truthfulness.

As is turning out, Villar was middle class like many of us who studied at UP in the years when there weren’t as many cars in the parking lots. Villar is just someone like me who didn’t exactly grow up dirt poor. But he was not the child of hacienderos either. From what I gather, Villar’s family had a decent wooden house on the fringe of a squatter colony in Tondo, pretty much like ours near squatter areas in the Paco/Pandacan district.

In so many words, Manny and I had middle class roots and there’s nothing wrong with that. Being middle class still makes Manny V more likely to empathize with the poor than one from the haciendero ruling class. Poor or middle class, Noynoy and his boys have made their point and should move on to other issues.

Click Boo Chanco.

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Comparing one Manny and the other

Posted by akosistella on April 7, 2010


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AD LIB
By Greg Macabenta

Manny Pangilinan delivered a graduation speech at the Ateneo. It was subsequently revealed that substantial portions of the speech had been lifted from speeches of President Barack Obama, JK Rowling of Harry Potter fame, and Oprah Winfrey. It was a case of plagiarism.Learning of the embarrassing situation which he had unwittingly fallen into, Pangilinan did the honorable thing. He took full responsibility for the incident, apologized, and announced his resignation as chairman of the university’s board of trustees.What were his other options?He could have blamed his speech writers we understand that two young people had ghosted for Pangilinan, rather than his usual writers and he could have exploded with righteous indignation over the unwarranted stain on his honor and dignity.

Click Greg Macabenta.

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It’s Villar who should apologize

Posted by akosistella on April 6, 2010


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By LITO BANAYO

What were the “distortions”, Senator Money?

“During an emergency case, you go to the nearest hospital and bother later where to get the money to pay the bill”, after stating that Danny was admitted into the “charity ward” of FEU Hospital.

Laki ako sa Maynila, Senator Money. The nearest hospitals to your North Balut digs were: Sta. Rita Hospital in Gagalangin, owned by the Albanos, Emmanuel Hospital, a Protestant-owned and run hospital on Jose Abad Santos (then Reina Regente) in Tondo, or Mary Johnston (also with a charity ward, and where Joseph Estrada was born, fronting the parochial school young Manny attended since Grade One), and even San Lazaro Hospital (a government-owned free hospital near Tayuman and Avenida Rizal). These are nearer to Balut or Navotas than FEU Hospital. And all these were far cheaper than FEU. There is another hospital nearer, UST Hospital, which costs about the same as FEU.

click LITO BANAYO.

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